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Goldfields Soccer Association grand final win a long time coming for Celtic women

A Goldfields Soccer Association grand final win has been a long time coming for the Hannans Celtic women.

Sixteen years after their last appearance in a big game, they took home the trophy after a tight 2-1 victory against minor premier Twin City Saints last weekend.

Twin City Saints' Wiebke Piringer  and Hannans Celtic's Amelia Shilton.
Camera IconTwin City Saints’ Wiebke Piringer and Hannans Celtic’s Amelia Shilton. Credit: Madeleine Clark/Kalgoorlie Miner

The Saints remained undefeated during the home-and-away season, only drawing with Celtic — who came second on the ladder — once.

However, the Celtic women had success over the minor premiers during the first stage of the Knock-Out Cup, which they eventually won when they toppled Kalgoorlie College.

After tasting trophy success once this year, Celtic were determined to bring home two out of three prizes for the year.

Twin City entered the match as the favourites, but a large green-and-white crowd — also sprinkled with Kalgoorlie College and Boulder members — were hopeful the Celtic underdogs could put on a show.

The Saints were first to score, but were kept to 1-0 at the half-time break.

Hannans Celtic's goalkeeper Samantha Tester.
Camera IconHannans Celtic’s goalkeeper Samantha Tester. Credit: Madeleine Clark/Kalgoorlie Miner

Celtic midfielder Joeley Goldsmith then netted a goal early in the second half.

Both teams had their chances to score, but the match turned into an extra-time thriller, with neither side wanting to try their luck at a penalty shootout.

An early penalty was awarded to Celtic after striker Jess Byrd was tackled during a goal-scoring opportunity in the box.

Twin City Saints' Caris Tonkin.
Camera IconTwin City Saints’ Caris Tonkin. Credit: Madeleine Clark/Kalgoorlie Miner

Goldsmith again scored, notching up a 2-1 advantage over the Saints.

Twin City’s Caris Tonkin had two promising cracks on goals, both which hit the cross bar and were cleared before they could be followed up.

After a strong defending effort from Celtic, the final whistle blew and they were crowned grand final winners.

Tonkin was recognised at the player of the match, after a stunning season which also saw her awarded overall best and fairest, and golden boot.

The Celtic women represented the club, whose two men’s teams failed to make it into the grand final match-ups.

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